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SEPTEMBER 12, 1911 



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The day was beautiful and the attendance from the 
country was large. The city as usual was well repre- 
sented. At noon a tempting dinner was served on the 
rustic tables under the wide-spreading branches of the 
apple trees near the Log Cabins, Bruce Moore's de- 
licious coffee being freely dispensed, which greatly 
enhanced the pleasure of the feast. Many old friends 
met, and enjoyed their friendly reminiscent chat in 
social converse, rehearsing stories of the past, while the 
cooling zephyrs whispered in the boughs overhead. 
The pioneers indeed had a gala day. 

At 1 :30 the meeting was called to order. 

Favored by ideal weather, the Old Settlers' picnic 
attracted an unusually large attendance. The program 
proved unusually good, with addresses by such well 
known men as Hon. E. W. Weeks of Guthrie Center, a 
prominent legislator and a former resident of this sec- 
tion of the State, and by John P. Irish of Oakland, 
California, formerly editor of the Iowa State Press and 

4 Forty-iifth Annual Meeting of the 

one of the best known residents of Iowa City in the 
early days. 

At the opening of the session Rev. A. Schwimley 
offered the invocation, and a business session followed, 
at which officers were elected for the coming year. 

The annual address was delivered by Hon. E. W. 
Weeks of Guthrie Center, formerly a resident of Iowa 
County, just across the Johnson County line, whither 
he came with his father in 1855 and where he made his 
home until 1877. 

^*I find myself embarrassed by reason of memories 
that come to me as I realize the task set before me," 
said Mr. Weeks in opening his address. ' ' In my youth 
Iowa City was to me the center of the commercial world. 
It was here the products of the farm and of our handi- 
work found a market. It was here we purchased our 
supplies. Here were enacted the great events of our 
young life. Great political meetings took place on the 
steps of the old capitol building. Here the soldiers 
assembled and received their accoutrements of war. 
Here the great state fair was held and here was the 
University that filled me with awe and reverence and 
here lived great men who were helping to make history. 
All of these things conspired to fill my young mind with 
great respect and veneration for Iowa City. It is nat- 
ural for one to become personal and recount events of 
local history on an occasion like this. The first events 
I recall are the drowning of Boyd Williamson, the tor- 
nado or water spout near here, and at Comanche and 
the soldiers and Camp Polk. 

' ' I am able to name the following citizens : Shrader, 
Boucher, Clapp, Vogt, Edmonds and Eansom, Fairall, 
Boal and Jackson, Judge Templin, Ewing, Williamson, 

Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 5 

Clark, Coldren, Dey, Cox, Donaldson, Pratt, Lee, 
Bloom, Luse, Close brothers, Burkley, Irish, Gower, 
Bowersock, Brainerd, Folsom, McClain, Parvin, El- 
liott, and Finkbine. ' ' 

Continuing, Mr. Weeks said, Under two great 
heads my message falls, one is material and the other 
spiritual or sentimental. I wish to present some funda- 
mental principles which I think ought to be applied to 
our social affairs." The speaker then continued and 
advocated medical examination of the children in the 
public schools, governmental regulation of unjust com- 
mercial transactions, the exclusive handling by the gov- 
ernment of life insurance, and the improvement of the 
roads of the State. He then took up the discussion of 
the spiritual and sentimental side of life. There is a 
mighty power working independent of man for his 
good," he declared, in closing. '^Why, I cannot tell, 
but from the character of events, I discover written 
upon every page of history in letters of red, and throb- 
bing in the hearts of the righteous, the transcendent 
purpose of God to exalt the human race, and as our 
minds comprehend the majesty and scope of this great 
dominant purpose of his, we, his children, are inspired 
to cooperate with him and do our part in bringing to 
pass its fulfillment, keeping in our minds and upon our 
hearts, this great central and dominant element con- 
cerning human existence." 

Following Hon. E. W. Weeks, Colonel Irish took 
direct issue with the Iowa legislator on his views of the 
relation of the people to the State. 

The self-reliant and independent spirit character- 
istic of the old settlers was the theme of Colonel Irish's 


Forty-iifth Annual Meeting of the 

Mr. Weeks had advocated state insurance, state 
baths and other public works, and greater supervision 
of business. 

Colonel Irish said that in the early days, it was the 
theory of lowans that the people were to run the gov- 
ernment, and not the government run the people. He 
said that the pioneers took their own baths and did a 
fairly good job of it. 

The fact that by necessity the old settlers were 
forced to do for themselves and accomplish all things 
by their own personal efforts, Colonel Irish stated, 
caused a very hardy and capable race to be produced, 
and he thought that we today could very well emulate 
the pioneers in this regard. 

Mrs. G. R. Irish's necrological report was read, to- 
gether with letters from absent friends. 

At the conclusion of the program, some time was 
spent in visiting, and greeting guests from out of town. 


' Parsons, Kansas, Sept. 11, 1911. 
Committee of Old Settlers, 
Iowa City, Iowa. 
I thank you for your kind invitation to attend your 
meeting on the 12th inst. I cannot come, but send you 
the following lines expressing my sentiments. They 
are not poetical but simply jingle my sentiments for 
the Old Settlers. 

Your call for the reunion has promptly come, you see ; 
To accept your invitation, how delightful it would be ! 
A joy beyond measure to clasp the faithful hand 

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Of all the friends remaining of our young and happy 

There are no friends like the old friends, 
The truth of this we know, 
And realize more fully the older we may grow ; 
Especially when circumstances forces friends to part, 
We feel the tie that binds us ever pulling at the heart. 
So, when your invitation came for the old settlers' day, 
I felt my heart strongs twisting and a pulling me that 

If I could clasp the honest hand of all those friends I 

'Twould be a mutual help I think ; we all grow old and 

And the interchange of friendship is a mighty pleasant 

And we want it now, this very day, for time is on the 

A little way it has to fly, when one has reached three 

That's why I feel so hungry to meet you all once more. 
To see those faces smile again, would make the sun more 

And while enriched by your good cheer, I'd hope to add 
a mite. 

Come weal or woe, we onward go, as friend to friend we 

All glory to our grand old State, the bravest in the land. 
If some have reached the shining shore, while others 
here abide. 

We'll all meet soon to part no more, at home and satis- 

Harriet Shircliff Cavanagh. 


Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the 

Cupertino, Cal., Sept. 5, 1911. 

M. Cavanagh, Esq. 

Your card of invitation to attend Old Settlers' Re- 
union on the 12tli inst. brings to me regret that I can- 
not be present. At the same time I am glad to be re- 
membered. Not a day passes that does not bring to me 
some thought of Iowa and of friends residing there. It 
was my home for a longer time than that of any other 
State. But the number of my old friends is rapidly 
passing away. To those who survive I send a sincere 

Yours truly, 


Drakes Branch, Virginia, Sept. 9th, 1911. 
Dear Mr. Cavanagh : 

I thank you for the cordial invitation to attend the 
Annual Reunion of the Old Settlers' Association of 
Johnson County, Iowa, on the 12th inst. I regret that 
business matters will prevent my meeting with you on 
this pleasant occasion. 

You are to be commended for publishing the Pro- 
ceedings of the Association in an attractive and per- 
manent form, and thus preserving them for future gen- 

My father. Perry M. Harbert, was one of that vast 
army of Iowa pioneers, in reference of whom the poet 
uses the language : — 

* * They go like soldiers grimly into strife 
To colonize the plain." 

Sincerely yours, 

Albert N. Harbert. 

Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 9 

San Jose, Calif., Sept. 7, 1911. 

My Dear Mr. Cavanagh and all old settlers of Johnson 
County, Iowa: 
Your invitation to meet with you on the 12th of this 
month at the fair grounds has been received. Nothing 
would suit me better than to do so if I were strong 
enough to make the long trip, but just now I am not, 
but hope soon to be as I am gaining every day. I hope 
to see the old county once more and a few of the old 
friends that knew me over fifty years ago. In most of 
the papers that I get from my daughter, Mrs. Breene, 
I see the name of some old settler who has passed away 
and will not answer when the roll is called on the 12th 
of this month. Within the last three months three of 
our most respected members of the county have passed 
away — G. E. Irish, P. A. Dey, and M. W. Davis, and 
others that I knew for over fifty j^ears. Hoping that 
you all will have a good time. 

Respectfully yours, 

Andrew Beermaker. 

618 North Spruce Street, Aledo, Illinois. 

September 9, 1911. 
M. Cavanagh, Chairman Old Settlers' Association, 

lotva City, lotva. 
My Dear Friend: 

I sincerely thank you for again remembering me on 
this the annual gathering of the ^'Old Settlers of John- 
son County", and send kindly greetings to the pioneers 
of the county. In fancy I see the smiles of delight that 
illumine the faces of friends as they meet, and the sin- 
cere hand clasps, perhaps the first time since the meet- 

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ing and greetings a year ago. Joys and sorrows are 
recounted, joy at seeing so many of the friends of early 
days, sorrow at missing some from their midst who will 
meet no more with them in their reunions at the Old 
Settlers' picnics, but have crossed the river, and will 
await their reunion on the other shore. 

It was with deep regret I learned of the death of 
our esteemed friend, Mr. Gilbert Irish. The last time I 
visited the city, I spent a most enjoyable time at his 
home ; his wife and himself knew so many of my friends 
and knew so much about the city, and the happenings, 
that the pleasure of that visit will long be one of the 
bright spots in my memory. 

I regret the impossibility of being able to meet with 
you face to face in your annual gathering but I will re- 
member you and wish for you a lovely day, a happy 
meeting, and may the Heavenly Father keep you all 
and grant you many returns of the day. 

Very cordially yours, 

Mrs. Virginia E. Hanby Wright. 

160 Broadway, New York, 7 September, 1911. 
Dear Mr. Cavanagh : — 

I am in receipt of your kind invitation to meet the 
old settlers of Johnson County at their annual reunion 
on the 12th instant. While, of course, from this dis- 
tance it would hardly be possible for me to attend in 
person, I gladly send cordial greetings, and my best 
wishes for a happy time to those who will be able to be 

There is much that is wholesome in the spirit of good 
fellowship which such meetings engender, but the great 

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vital fact about them is that this good fellowship is in- 
spired by a common love which, for long years, those 
assembled have had for one and the same locality as 
their common home. This in time, also, develops among 
the people a spirit of patriotism, and a love for all the 
civic virtues, conditions upon which the stability and 
good order of our government and our institutions must 
largely depend. 

The sad thing about these meetings is that they 
mark the passing away of old and valued friends. In 
this connection my mind naturally reverts to your old 
comrade, Mr. Gilbert R. Irish, who took a deep interest 
in your meetings, and whose loss, as the great living 
embodiment of the history of Johnson County, will be 
deeply felt. And then too your fellow townsman, Mr. 
Peter A. Dey, a man known and honored all over the 
State, and far beyond its limits, has passed away, leav- 
ing a void that will be hard to fill. While he was a man, 
sound in judgment, skillful in action, amiable in tem- 
per, he was above all the model citizen, one of the sort 
that gives strength and character to any community in 
which he chanced to cast his lot. 

The comforting fact about all this is that the lives 
/ of such men prove an inspiration to those who come 
after them, and, while their loss will be deeply mourned 
on the occasion of the reunion, the memory of what 
their lives have been should bind more closely together 
those who are left behind in an even deeper love for 
good old Johnson County, Iowa. 

Again thanking you for jovoc kind invitation I am 
Sincerely yours, 

Theodoke F. Sanxay. 


Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the 

Grinnell, Iowa, Sept. 11, 1911. 
Dear People of Johnson and all Old Settlers in par- 

Here's greeting from one of the '56 boys — but for 
the past twenty years a resident of old Poweshiek, and 
regrets that he cannot greet you all face to face. It 
would do me good. I am glad to greet so many, how- 
ever, who make it a religious duty to visit annually 
their old home, even if among other things like Fink- 
bine they visit Terrill's old melon patches on the west 
side of the river. These reunions tend to lengthen life, 
and I am glad that this custom of annual meetings is 
kept so fresh and green in memory. Thanking the 
committee for kindly remembrance, and trusting you 
may all meet many times more I am 


Aaron O. Price. 

Sutherland, Iowa, Sept. 11, 1911. 
Matthew Cavanagh, 

Iowa City. 
Dear Friend : — 

To-morrow is the day for the Johnson County Old 
Settlers' Picnic. I noticed that where there used to be 
three names on the invitations there is now but one. 
Truly the Johnson County pioneers have reached the 
autumn of life ; they are falling, falling like the leaves 
from the trees. As I sit here writing 

''I feel like one who treads alone 
Some banquet hall deserted, 
Whose lights are fled, whose garlands dead, 

And all but he departed." " \ 

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Of the family of Eev. W. W. Woods and wife but 
three of the children remain on this side. 

Mrs. Lorinda Woods Cones lives at 22 21st Street, 
Council Blu:ffs, la. Mrs. Florence Lucas Horton is 
with her making her home bright and cheery for her, 
Mrs. R. H. Sylvester (Martha) lives in Washington 
City and Virginia Woods Morgan lives in New York 
City. I wish I might be able to once more visit Iowa 
City but it is not probable. I would be so glad to 
receive a letter from you telling me all about yourself 
and family and other old friends. I thank you for your 
card of invitation and would have been so glad to have 
met with you had it been possible. With best wishes 
to you all I am most truly your old friend, 

Mks. Huse Woods. 

Dubuque, Iowa, Aug. 15, 1912. 


Iowa City, loiva. 
Friend Wieneke : — 

I have unduly delayed replying to your kind in- 
vitation to meet with the Old Settlers of Johnson Co., 
hoping I might see my way to acceptance, but I find it 

I desire, through you, to send kindest greetings to 
the old settlers of J ohnson, wishing them all prosperity 
with length of days to enjoy it. 

Sincerely yours, 

Thos. M. Irish. 

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Delighting in the associations which resulted from 
long acquaintance with local events, Gilbert R. Irish 
was a prominent figure in the assemblies of the old set- 
tlers in the days of his activity. The regularity of his 
appearance on such occasions as the annual meeting 
must have taught his associates to feel that it was to 
continue uninterrupted. Kndly disposed toward a 
reminiscent environment he appeared to enjoy most the 
society of those who were able to add something to such 
surroundings. As an officers of the Old Settlers' Asso- 
ciation he spoke for it, wrote for it, and labored to make 
it effective in its field, giving not only time but careful 
thought to its management. Certain undertakings, as 
the old log cabins, types of an early day, are in part a 
monument to his memory, while the endeavors which he 
put forth to preserve the history of the locality, history 
which was rapidly being lost to the present generation, 
must be commended in all the future records of the 

Viewing the work of men in the light of their en- 
deavors one must credit Gilbert R. Irish with a large 
place in the annals of The Old Settlers' Association. 
During all its history, one may say, his family has occu- 
pied a place in the proceedings, assisting in its organiza- 
tion and its maintenance from the beginning, while add- 
ing also to the program in many instances. It is there- 
fore fitting that a record should appear in this publica- 
tion which indicates something of his life and an appre- 
ciation of his connection with this Association, its 
purposes, accomplishments, and plans. 

While acting as its secretary he became familiar 

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with every detail and in caring for its publications lie 
was considered most effective. In this he appeared to 
take a great interest and from this department he is 
much missed. There are times in the life of an organ- 
ization when vacancies occur in office which, tempor- 
arily at least, seem difficult to fill ; no one seems desirous 
of taking up the broken thread and of continuing the 
records without delay. There appears to be something 
that should be left untouched except by the hand that 
was accustomed to trace the page. 

During the last year of his life Gilbert Irish must 
have felt that he had only begun what he had desired to 
do in relation to the work of the Old Settlers' Associa- 
tion. He certainly meant to arouse a spirit of local 
interest in the history of the early families of this com- 
munity, the very nearest and most sacred of recollec- 
tions, whereby the future generations might obtain 
some idea of the trials of those who undertook to found 
homes in this community. He doubtless deemed it im- 
portant that those now living should know something 
of the sacrifices and self-denials of those who purchased 
the land, opened it to cultivation, and afterwards passed 
it on for the comfort of their descendants. 

A personal interest must move one who has an in- 
timate acquaintance with local matters as he had, to 
trace the account of early events, and to endeavor to 
recover the missing memoranda which may lie in the 
recollections, correspondence, or publications of men. 
Such a personal interest is indicated in what he did and 
one may conclude that in this spirit of attachment and 
intimacy he has made others feel a deeper desire to add 
to his last recorded effort. 

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We present a history of the fair grounds written by 
the late Gilbert R. Irish of whom we make personal 
mention, and hope the article may interest our readers. 

The fair grounds have been the treasure trove of the 
little band of pioneers of Johnson County for a quarter 
of a century, where they have taken great pleasure in 
meeting with old time friends. There walking 'neath 
the shade of the fragrant apple trees, exploring the 
quaint old log cabins, telling stories with heart 's delight 
of the happy days gone by, speaking of the hardships, 
perils, and privations of the long ago, recalling sad 
memories of departed friends and dear ones : 

The history of many tracts of land in the county is 
an interesting theme. The price paid at different times 
for the land, the uses to which it was put and the de- 
scription of the owners and tenants who have occupied 
it would make many entertaining pages. 

In 1839 William Sturgis made claim to the south- 
east quarter of the southwest quarter of Section 11 in 
Iowa City Township, which is the land upon which the 
Johnson County Fair Grounds are located. In July, 
1840, Mr. Sturgis sold his claim for forty dollars to 
Samuel H. McCrory and S. C. Trowbridge. On the 
same date, July 6, 1840, they sold the claim to William 
Hamilton for seventy-five dollars. In 1839 Mathew 
Brown made claim to the north half of the west half of 
the southeast quarter of section eleven, being forty 
acres and lying north of the Sturgis claim. 

Mr. Brown built a log cabin on the site of the present 
residence of J. J. Metzger and lived there until Sep- 
tember, 1841, when he sold his claim to James Trimble 

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for one hundred dollars. After residing there for a 
time Mr. Trimble sold his claim to Mr. Sturgis who 
later sold it and the forty acres north of it to Mr. Ham- 
ilton for one hundred and forty-five dollars. 

Mr. Hamilton built a small frame addition to the 
Brown cabin and fenced and broke eighty acres, includ- 
ing what is now the fair grounds. While living there 
the two daughters of Mr. Hamilton were born, the 
youngest of which by marriage with Sir Sidney Water- 
low, an ex-Lord Mayor of London, became Lady Water- 
low. For a short period Mr. Hamilton leased his land 
and a portion of his dwellings to J esse K. Strawbridge. 
In 1850 Mr. Hamilton leased his farm and placing his 
family in care of his tenant, John Lenox, he went to 
California. After an absence of several years he re- 
turned and conducted his farm. 

Upon removing to Linn County he leased the farm 
to John P. Davis, who was the son of a wealthy dis- 
tiller in London, well educated and a perfect gentleman. 
Upon his marriage Mr. Davis determined to come to the 
United States and be a farmer, bringing with him two 
English farm hands and several thousand dollars in 
gold. Instead of running the farm, the farm ran him, 
and in a short time he found himself and wife penniless 
in a strange land. Helped by his neighbors he moved 
into town and got a position as clerk. 

Having become acquainted with Richard Bonson of 
Dubuque, he was given the place of enrolling clerk in 
the Legislature, and was prevailed upon to remove to 
Dubuque, where he found a good place in the land office 
there and in Osage and in a measure regained his for- 
tune. Returning to Dubuque he resided there until, 
the beginning of the Civil War, when he determined 



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to go to Memphis. During the war all trace of him 
was lost. 

The farm hands that came with him from England 
remained in the vicinity for many j^ears, one of them, 
Heber Humphrey, died in the city from glanders, and 
the other, Jack Elliot, spent many years at the poor 
farm and died there. 

Mr. Hamilton sold the forty acres, now the fair 
grounds, to Clark and Borland and they, with others, 
conducted a nursery there for many years. The balance 
of the Hamilton farm was bought by James H. Gower, 
who resided there for many years, and disposed of it to 
an order of nuns who had been expelled from the Prus- 
sian Empire. They erected spacious buildings and 
there founded a home for orphans, old people and in- 
digent persons. The institution flourished for some 
years under the management of Rev. William Emonds. 
Failing to meet their obligations they were ousted by the 
foreclosure of a mortgage, the inmates of the institution 
were scattered and disappeared and the property re- 
verted to Mr. Gower, who leased it to L. E. Elliot who 
used it for a stock farm for some years, when it was 
leased by George Wymer and for a period it was used 
as a dairy farm by him. 

Later it was leased by George Green who converted 
it into a stock farm for some years, when it was leased 
by Edwin O'Rourke and used by him as a dairy farm. 
Upon the settlement of the estate of Mr. Gower the old 
farm passed to the ownership of his youngest daughter 
and was by her sold to J. J. Metzger who is the present 
owner. For diversity of uses and different classes of 
owners and tenants the old Gower farm is not excelled 
by any farm in the county. 

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The Hunter farm in Scott Township has probably 
had as few owners as any farm in the county with very 
few exceptions. The land comprising that farm was 
taken as a claim in March, 1839 and the next year the 
following deed was given to John Mathews by Green 
Hill and Sion Hill who made claim to it in 1839 : ^^Know 
all men that I, Green and Sion Hill have this day bar- 
gained and sold, and by these presents do forever re- 
lease and quit claim unto John Mathews all our right, 
title, claim and demand whatever in and to the follow- 
ing claim, tract or parcel of land for the sum of One 
hundred and fifty dollars to us in hand paid by the said 
John Mathews, the receipt of which we do hereby ac- 
knowledge. The same tract or parcel of land lying and 
being in the county of Johnson and Territory of Iowa 
described and known as follows : The southwest quarter 
of section six and all of the northwest quarter of section 
six except twenty-five acres and fifty-seven poles on the 
east side of said quarter as per survey made by Cyrus 
Sanders, and corners established according to his sur- 
vey in township seventy-nine (79), North range five (5) 
west of the fifth principal meridian. Given under our 
hands and seals this 15th day of February, 1840. 

Green Hill 
'^SiON Hill." 

John Mathews after some years sold the land to 
Adam Hunter and it remains the property of members 
of his family. 

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Our record tells us that the ranks of the pioneers 
grow less with each swiftly passing year. The absence 
of many familiar faces shows there are many new made 
vacancies. Looking back to former days, thinking of 
the past Old Settlers' reunions of the vanished years 
and the many loved pioneers who have joined that ever- 
present caravan and journeyed to the silent halls of 
the Great Beyond we miss them sadly from this meet- 
ing. Like falling leaves they have passed away, remind- 
ing one of the beautiful old time song of ^^Leaf by Leaf 
the Roses Fall". Yes, we miss them. Yet we rejoice 
that they have accomplished a grand work and left a 
record that should be an inspiration to us and millions 
yet to come. We are proud of our ancestors, proud of 
the part they bore in the making of beautiful Iowa, our 
native State. 

This generation owes a debt of gratitude to these 
pioneer State builders that can only be repaid by our 
best efforts in building for future generations even as 
the pioneers built for us. 


Leaf by leaf the roses fall. 

Drop by drop the springs run dry. 
One by one beyond recall 

Summer roses droop and die. 
But the roses bloom again. 

And the springs will gush anew 
In the pleasant April rain. 

And the summer sun and dew. 

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So in hours of deepest gloom, 

When the springs of gladness fail, 
And the roses in their bloom 

Droop like maidens, wan and pale, 
We shall find some hope that lies, 

Like a silent germ apart. 

In the garden of the heart. 

Some sweet hope to gladness wed — 

That will spring afresh and new 
When grief's winter shall have fled 

Giving place to sun and dew ; 
Some sweet hope that breathes of spring. 

Through the weary, weary time — 
Budding for its blossoming 

In the spirit's silent clime. 



The forty-fifth annual meeting of the Old Settlers' 
Association of Johnson County was held Tuesday, Sep- 
tember 12, on the fair grounds at Iowa City. Of those 
from other and distant counties attending the gathering 
were John P. Irish of Oakland, Calif., and Edward, 
Will and Charles Finkbine of Des Moines, the latter of 
whom were born, reared and educated at the former 
capital of the State. Their father and mother, the late 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Finkbine, became residents of the 
town in the late forties. Mr. Irish, for many years pre- 
ceding the war of the rebellion, also was a resident of 
the charming old town, which, until 1857, was the cap- 
ital of the State. 


Forty-fift'h Annual Meeting of the 

One among the oldest residents of the county was 
Mrs. Elizabeth Dennis, a widow, who, with her husband, 
went to Johnson County in 1838. Mrs. Dennis has re- 
sided continuously for seventy-three years upon the 
same 160 acres, situated near Coralville, homesteaded 
by them nearly three-quarters of a century ago. An- 
other is Mrs. Euclid Sanders, whose father, Mr. Terrill, 
took up his residence on the banks of the Iowa E-iver, 
one mile north of Iowa City, in the early forties. Mr. 
Terrill, who came from Georgia, erected a grist mill and 
built a dam in the river to provide power with which to 
drive the mill machinery. The dam and the mill, his- 
torical structures in the county, have disappeared with 
the mutations of years. The only relics of the mill — 
three or four of the ancient millstones that ground corn- 
meal and flour for the early settlers, lying in disuse on 
the banks — mutely attest to the one time existence of 
the ancient mill. Mrs. Sanders was born at the old 
home, removed only a short distance from the dis- 
mantled mill, in one of the most picturesque spots in 
Iowa. The venerable stone house was razed eight or 
nine years ago, and a new, modern residence was built 
upon the site — a home of refinement, where generous 
hospitality holds court, and where the best families in 
Iowa City often foregather to enjoy the pleasures of 
social life. 

Mrs. Sophia Adams 
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Adams 
Miss Lily Adams 
Prof. C. A. Aurner 
Ira J. Alder 
M. C. Burnett 
Geo. Borland 

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Bradley 
W. H. Buchanan 

O. S. Barnes 

Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Burge 
Dr. A. J. Burge 
David Borts 

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bowen 
Wm. Boon 
Martin Birrer 
J. M. Borcham 
Albert Bumgardner 

Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 

Mitchell Bonham 

Mr. and Mrs. John Burk 

O. A. Byington 

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Brown 

Mrs. Charles Borts 

Matthew Cavanagh 

Mrs. Sarah P. Cropley 

Z. S. Cray 

J. K. Corlett 

Thomas Crozier 

William Carson 

A. Clearman 

Mr. J. C. Cook 

Mrs. Mary O. Coldren 

Mrs. Louisa Cray 

Mrs. Belle Grey Curtis 

John Clerna 

Mrs. Christena Cuber 

Mrs. I. V. Dennis 

D. M. Dixon 
C. M. Dutcher 
Louisa Douglass 
William Dunkel 
N. Dalseheid 
William Evans 
Mrs. William Evans 
George Eden 

Mrs. Minnie Evans 
S. P. Fry 
Mrs. S. P. Fry 
John Figg 
Isaac Furbish 
Mrs. Isaac Furbish 
William Felkner 
W. O. Finkbine 
Ed. C. Finkbine 
C. A. Finkbine 
W. E. C. Foster 
Mrs. W. E. C. Foster 
Mrs. Mary Fruitnight 

E. B. Graham 
E. W. Griffith 
Ed Greer 
John Greulich 
A. W. Gifford 
Mrs. Hattie Graham 

Eichard Hoxie 
G. E. Hall 
M. J. Hall 
Sion Hill 
Dean Hill 
G. A. Hitchcock 

E. P. Howell 
Mrs. E. P. Howell 
John P. Hughes 
Andrew C. Howell 
Charles Heinsius 
W. P. Hohenschuh 

Mrs. Theresa Hohenschuh 
O. F. Hubner 
Mrs. OUie Hemingway 
Welt Ham 
Euth Henessy 
J. J. Hotz 
' Enoch Hope 
Mrs. Enoch Hope 
Sherman Hope 
George Hummer 
Mrs. Vinnie Eeam Hoxie 
Mrs, Chris Hohenschuh 
Jane Hill 
Mat Howell 
Mrs. C. W. Irish 
Miss Elizabeth Irish 
John P. Irish 
Mrs. John P. Irish 
Mrs. John Jayne 
William Kettlewell 
Mrs. William Kettlewell 
Mrs. Mary F. Keene 
George Krith 
J. H. Kramer 
Mathias Kessler 
Geo. W. Koontz 
Mrs. G. W. Koontz 
Paul Korab 
Mrs. Jacob Kloos 
Mrs. Elizabeth Morrison 
A. L. Moreland 
Wm. Morrison 

F. M. McEeynolds 
Mrs. F. M. McEeynolds 


Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the 

E. A, McChesney 
Geo. Magruder 
L. W. Miller 
Mrs. F. McGee 
John McCollister 
Mrs. John McCollister 
Glenn McCrory 

Mrs. Mary Miller 
Mrs. John Michel 
M. J. Moon 
Al Moore 
William Murphy 
Thos. Metcalf 
J. J. Metzger 
Mrs. J. J. Metzger 
A. E. Maine 
Bruce Moore 
Mrs. Bruce Moore 
M. J. O'Brien 
J. M. Otto 
Lester Pinney 
William Pratt 
Mrs. William Pratt 
Calista Pratt 
Elias Patterson 
Bruce Patterson 
George Prince 
D. J. J. Plank 
M. C. Parsons 
Walter I. Pratt 
N. E. Parvin 
Mrs. Mary Eandall 
Milton Eemley 

F. H. Eittenmeyer 
Mrs, Emily Eoessler 
Ed Eittenmeyer 
Mrs. Emily Eicord 
Mrs. Mary Eandall 
D. F. Eosenkranz 

J. W. Eich 
I. V. Eowland 
J. Eicker 
Evan Eowland 
A. A. Eoessler 
Eev. A. Schwimlcy 
Caleb Sweet 

William Sweet 
Mrs. Wm. Sweet 
Jacob Stover 
Mrs. Jacob Stover 
John Struble, Sr. 
Mrs. John Struble 
Ed Switzer 
N. W. Scales 
E. Shrader 
Euclid Sanders 
Horace Sanders 
J. C. Switzer 
A. E. Schnare 
H. B. Sheets 

E. B. Smith 
Ed Sidwell 

Mrs. W. M. Smith 
M. S. Shircliff 
Mrs. Lizzie Sunier 
John G. Scheetz 
Herman Strub 
J. C. Stouffer 
Mrs. J. C. Stouffer 
John W. Schell 
Frank Stackman 
John A. Stevenson 
S. K. Stevenson 
Miss Sallie Stewart 
Fred Snider 
C. Senner 
Eich Scheetz 
S. A. Swisher 
Mrs. Euclid Sanders 
Mary Sanders 
Mary Stewart 

F. Stratton 

Mrs. Frank Stratton 

Mrs. Mack Stevens 

Mrs. Hortense Stillings 

Frank Tanner 

Ira E. TullOs 

Ezra Thompson 

John Tobiek 

T. O. Thomas 

Mrs. Margaret Tucker 

Dr. J. P. Vonstein 

Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 25 

Mr. Wolf 

P. A. Westenhaver 

O. E. Williams 

Miss Mary Vonstein 
Miss Sarah Vonstein 
Miss Annie Vonstein 
Mrs. Edna B. Wilson 
Edwin B. Wilson 

Henry J. Wieneke 
Henry Walker 

George Williams 
Fred Wood 
J. J. Weber 
•Emory Westcott 
I. S. Weeber 
George Wicks 
Henry Woltman 
Mrs. Emory Westcott 
Samuel Yarbrough 
Eliza Yarbrough 


Death ruled in the ranks of the little army of old 
settlers who have made Iowa City and Johnson County 
one of the greatest, richest and most noted in the Hawk- 
eye commonwealth. 

This fact was revealed at the annual picnic and re- 
union of the Johnson County Old Settlers' Association. 

The necrological report proved that during the year 
one hundred and sixty pioneers, at least seventy-eight 
of whom were more than seventy years of age — were 
called beyond, during the year that has elapsed since the 
preceding picnic. 

Technically many are called old settlers whose age 
is not advanced, and some comparatively young peo- 
ple 's names are registered on the association books, but, 
as the list shows, so far as the ages are known, a great 
majority of those who have passed away in 1910-1911 
had attained the allotted ^Hhree score years and ten" 
and some were four (and even five) score years of age. 

The report was written by Mrs. Gilbert R. Irish to 
whom the compilation came as a peculiarly sad duty, as 



Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the 

its annual predecessors for decades had been prepared 
by her late husband, Justice G. R. Irish, whose own 
name, now, alas, appears upon the records. 

The very aged were called home in large numbers, 
although the cold hand of death seized more of those 
whose years ranged from seventy-five to eighty, than of 
any other class. Oddly enough those who were from 
eighty-five to ninety slightly outranked — so far as the 
records show — ^those whose years were from seventy to 
seventy-five. The following table illustrates this fact, 
showing how many pioneers of the most advanced age 
were called. 

70 to 75 16 

75 to 80 24 

80 to 85 15 

85 to 90 18 

90 to 95 S 

95 to 100 2 

The list submitted at the annual meeting is given in 
full below. As will be seen, the ages of a number of 
pioneers is not shown, the society's records lacking that 


AUGUST, 1910 

Joanna D. Stewart 


Mrs. Anna Zika 

Mrs. Caroline Cox 



George W. Oakes 

Mrs. Anna Wilkinson . . 
Mrs. Isabel Cessner . . . . 
Col. Alexander J. Miller 
Mrs. Emily Fountain . . 

— R. H. Wray 

87 Mrs. Elizabeth Tudor 

61 Patrick Cuneen 

77 Mrs. Josep"B 
80 Peter Musser 


Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 27 

OCTOBER, 1910 

Mrs. Harriet Frank 62 Mrs. Gustavus Hinrichs 68 

Mrs. Josie V. Hukill . . . 45 Samuel R. Patterson 39 

Mrs. Adam Schneider 69 Mrs. Louis Lumbard 23 

William L. Fountain 85 Mrs. Frank Worrell 81 


David Walker 77 Capt. E. H. Ely — 

Simeon F. J. Graff 33 Mrs. Nancy Ringland 86 

Mrs. Annie B. Hunt 68 A. N. Ansel 45 

Miss Veronica Miller 54 Mrs. P. SMUig 60 

Mrs. A. J. Borts 46 Mrs. Mary F. Wood 60 

John C. Sydut 77 Ed. Craig 63 

Frank Peach 71 


Mrs. F. O. Burke 44 John Poland .71 

Joseph Wacek 79 Julia S. Berger 71 

Mrs. Eliza Shurlock 83 Samuel Stouffer 84 

William Tierney 81 Mrs. G. H. Ryerson 84 

Charles Boberich 42 

JANUARY, 1911 




. . .65 





Mrs. Welhelmina Lackender , . 

.. .82 


lAlexander Huffman 75 Mrs. Mary C. Brophy 84 

Mrs. Mary Dilger 64 Mrs. Hannah Borschel 63 

J. J. Roessler 88 Joseph Worrell 78 

Joshua H. Secrest 63 John D. Sentman — 

Thomas Harney 85 

MARCH, 1911 

Mrs. George T. Reddick 47 Mrs. Alice B. Drake 57 

Mrs. Martha Fickey 79 Mrs. J. Shepardson 80 

Thomas Sterba 70 Mrs. Joe Crissel 52 

Charles A. Vogt 49 Mrs. Sarah J. Brown 86 

John Arnold 72 Mrs. Henry Scharf 71 

Miss Ada Packard 61 Mrs. Mary Kessler 88 


Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the 

APRIL, 1911 

Mrs. Thomas B. Wales 78 

Mrs. Elizabeth Highbee 89 

Prof, Samuel Calvin 71 

Peter Kettles 73 

Uriah Trimble 50 

Frank Knedlik 72 

Mrs. Mary Benedict .77 

Mrs. Harry Buckingham — 

Mrs. John Krai 68 

James Lefevre 

Mrs. Henry Walker 
Mrs. Dora Louis . . 

John Parsons 

Mrs. Julia Trumpp 

Ed B. Connelly 

Mrs. Lester L. Stoner 
Mrs. J. H. Williams 
Mrs. Elizabeth Protz 

MAY. 1911 

Charles Schump, Sr — 

Mrs. Mary Riley 92 

Mrs. Susan Madden 79 

Mrs. Sarah Swift 65 

Joseph Krotz 57 

Pardon J. Alderman 
John Milton Seydel 
James T. Robinson 
Rev. J. G. Hoerlein 
Stephen L. Saunders 

Mrs. George L. Smith 


JUNE, 1911 

Mrs. David Lyons — 

Gilbert R. Irish 74 

Joseph Andrews 93 

Mrs. Frank Koudelka 69 

Mrs. Salome Renger 89 

Mrs. Jeremiah Shaw 72 

Joseph Rickstine 
Mrs. Joseph Chipera 
Samuel W. Pairall 
Mrs. J. K. Corlett 
Milton Horton .... 
W. W. Jones 

Mrs. T. O. Thomas 77 

JULY, 1911 

O. M. Tiffany 55 

Mrs. Frank Sanders 54 

Mrs. Albert Westcott 67 

George M. Kenyon 85 

Mrs. Margaret Ochs — 

Hon. Peter A. Dey 86 

Mrs. Bell Roberts Crawford 60 

Mrs. John Beard 
Everett Woodstock 
Mrs. Alois Baschnagel 

J. M. Huffman 

Robert Davis 

William Shepard 
Joseph Benda . . 

AUGUST, 1911 

Dennis Collins 80 

Mrs. Gertrude Brogla 71 

Mrs. Benjamin Owen 80 

jGcorge Graham 63 

Mrs. John Rogers 55 E. C. Clifford 

Mrs. David O'Connor 62 F. B. Kessler 

John Ryan 68 

Mrs. Marie Cayot 
Mrs. M. Leucnberger 

M. W. Davis 

Mrs. Alfred Ohl 

Mrs. D. A. Hughes 

Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 29 

Mrs. C. Fitzsimmons 78 

John Jones 77 

Henry Fiesler 85 

Mrs. Anna Vitosh 

Mrs. Maria S. Ruppert 
Mrs. Harriet Griffith . . 



Mrs. LeGrand Byington 86 

Fedor A. Heinsius 50 

Mrs. Margaret Schleicher 96 

Miss Anna Maher 98 

Mrs. Mary Greazel 83 

James McFadden 64 

Mrs. Phoebe Lucas 83 

Mrs. William Ten Eick 75 

Mrs. Bridget O 'Shaughnessy 71 

William Edwin Struble .66 

Dr. Thomas R. Ward 

From September 12, 1911, to September 12, 1912 

In compliance with the duty assigned me to prepare 
the list of the Old Settlers of Johnson County who have 
passed to the Great Beyond since the last meeting, Sep- 
tember 12, 1911, 1 present the following report arranged 
by months and including the ages of each decedent when 

Mrs. G. R. Irish. 








Mrs. Anna Elizabeth 


Elisha B. Moore 






Evan Smith McComas . 

. .73 


Mrs. Cyrus Upham . 



George Parsons 



Michael Dwyer 



Pleasant O'Brien 



OCTOBER, 1911 

Mark Emery Baker .... 



Mrs. Mary Russell , . 



John R. Hall 



, ,65 


William P. Ten Eick 



Richard Williams 




Benjamin Shipley 



Mrs. Clara Harvat Fair 

. .38 


Mrs. Steve Saunders . 



Miss Anna Roberts .... 

Mrs. Anna Crozier North- 

Arthur White (of Big 




Patrick Flannagan 




Forty-fiftJi Annual Meeting of the 

Age Date 





Mrs. Fredric Ohl 



Miss Elizabeth Schell . . . 



Jennie Razee Walters . . 

. . — 



Mrs. Henry Morrow .... 



Miss Katherine Hauck . 



Jacob Greaser 



Thomas Cox 





Harry A. Fairchild .... 

Miss Capitola Williams . 


Dr. James R. Cozine . . 


John Overholser 

Mrs. Lucy Ann Clark . . 

. .84 



Mrs. N. B. Richey 



Mrs. Annie Gailhouse Enk 74 



Andrew Chisel 



Mrs. Geo. Flemming (Har- 

Julius D. Hill 



riet L. Shircliflf) . . 

. .22 


Mrs. Christena Haberstroh 










Mrs. Annie Eden 



Prof. Leonard F, Parker 



Mrs. Henry Springmeyer 65 


Mrs. Mary A. Strohm . . . 







Wencil Chiha 





Peter Miller 



John Pickering 



Mrs. May McGinnis . . . 





Mrs. Ruth Anderson Sax- 

. ,68 


JANUARY, 1912 



Mrs. Elizabeth Walding 

. .84 




Mrs. Catherine Wetherby 84 



Mrs. Henry Hogan .... 

, .53 

1 6 



. .81 


Gen. Harry Graham .... 



Mrs. Henry Garnett . . . 



Mrs. Maranda E. Snair . 

Mrs. Catherine Stoner . 





Mrs. Elizabeth Livenstine 91 


Mrs. Mary Walker (wife 

Joseph Raynor 


of James W.) 



John Vitoush 

, ,78 




.Tohn Rnrtftrt 

, ,40 





David Henry Hastings . 

. .79 




Michael O'Reilly 



Mrs. Prod Day (ne 

P. H. Rittcnincyer 






.John Shillig 







Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 






George Floerehinger . , . 

, .78 



Mrs. John Tobeck 





MAECH, 1912 

John E. Bick 



Prof. E. M. Guffin 



Mrs. Sarah A. Dutcher . 

. .70 





Capt. N. A. Holson 


Mrs. Elizabeth Dawson 

. .95 


Mrs. Hugh Bartlett Gold- 

, ,84 








Edward Teeters 

. .40 


Mrs. Elizabeth Niger . . . 





Mrs. Henry Wieneke 

. .73 


David E Thomas 



. ,56 


Mrs. E. M. Johnson 




Mrs Bridget Hogan 



Alois Baschnagel 


Mrs. Elizabeth Protz . . . 




Mrs. Thornton Ford . . . . 



Owen Davis 

. .71 





George H. Shockey 



John Peters 





Mrs. Edwin E. Brock . . 

. .75 


Mrs. Laurana Talbot . . . 





Mrs. T. T. Williams 




William Sanders 



Mrs. Melvin Smith .... 





Mrs. L. W. Mason (wife of 



Baseom Mason) . . 

. .79 


Mrs. Catherine Heede . . 



Mrs. David Kirkpatrick 

. .88 




Mrs. Thos. A. Hill , , 





Mrs. Cynthia Palmer . . 

. .94 








John C. Maring 






Mrs. Ellen Eobertson . . . 







Harvey S. Sutliff 



Mrs. Mary Connelly Cook 69 


Mrs. Fannie White Barnes 70 




Donald Campbell 





Mrs. Catherine Schmidt 

. .75 


James W. Fackler 




Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the 


Mrs. Emily Ricord 83 

T. W. Townsend 68 

David M. Dixon 85 

James S. Calvert 71 

Mrs. Francis E. Wilson . . 74 

Mrs. E. R. Wallace 73 

jVincent Grissel 42 

Joseph Meyers 54 

Mrs. Catherine Cronin ... 65 
Mrs. Bridget Vogt 78 

JULY, 1912 

Date Age 

3 Joe Kritz 79 

1 Fred Fuhrmaster 74 

15 Mrs. A. L. Humphrey 
5 (Jennie Ricord, niece 

5 of Jacob Ricord) ...61 

5 Philip Spinden 40 

12 Charles C. Wetherby 65 

15 Mrs. Barbara Zahs 85 

AUGUST, 1912 

1 Mrs. Sarah Shepard An- 

3 drews 85 



Peof. L. F. Parkek 

When the life went out of Professor L. F. Parker, 
there passed from earth a man who was as nearly per- 
fect as can be conceived by imperfect man. Thousands 
of young men and women have sat before him in recita- 
tion and lecture, yet who ever heard of one who did not 
love him. His entire life was given to the young, and 
he remained young even beyond the four score years. 
There was an inspiration in Professor Parker. His 
kindly face showed deep S3aiipathy, and there w^as more 
than that in his interest in his students. He was ever 
read}^ with counsel and help in class work, and when a 
students was facing difficulties, he always found in Pro- 
fessor Parker a helper who could meet the present and 
inspire for the future. 

He was connected with the State University for a 
num])ci* of years. He filled the combined chairs of 
Greek nnd ancient history. He was not a great edu- 
catoi* as class I'oom work is measured, but he educated 
the heart and inspired his young people for better 

Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 33 

things, even though he never advised nor sought to di- 
rect them. 

The University men and women who sat in Pro- 
fessor Parker's classes are all getting on the shady side 
of life, yet they never have forgotten him, and we ven- 
ture to say that all of them, many times, have recalled 
his helpfulness, and now that he is a memory, it is one 
that will be cherished till they join him in the beyond. 

We have often thought that he was greatly influ- 
enced in his life by his own great sorrows. In his 
younger days a daughter lost her life by accidental fire. 
This was when he was first connected with Iowa College 
at Grinnell. Then while he was in Iowa City a loss came 
which would have broken many people, but there was 
something about Professor Parker and his talented and 
devoted wife which could face sorrow and bring them 
through fire even purer and better for the ordeal. The 
loss here was the drowning of their two youngest chil- 
dren, a boy and girl, both in the public schools, bright 
and loving. Professor Parker, his niece and the two 
children were in a boat on the Iowa River. The river 
was very high and the water turbulent. The boat was 
run too near the Terrill dam and it went under. Pro- 
fessor Parker and his niece were saved, but the children 
sank in the waves. For several days there was search- 
ing day and night and then the boy was found near the 
dam. It was about a week later that the girl was found 
a few miles down the river. The body was reported by 
a tramp who proved to be a man the girl had fed the day 
before her life was lost. 

We will never forget the return of Professor Parker 
to his class room after those days of suffering. The 
students were all seated when he entered. There was 

34 Forty-iifth Annual Meeting of the 

intense silence, but Professor Parker was under com- 
plete control and began class work without a tremor in 
Ms voice, wMch is more than could be said of many in 
his class. No member of the class could speak a word 
of sympathy, but every heart went out to him in a way 
that spoke more than could be expressed in words. 

When the life and real work of Professor Parker is 
put into print, as we hope they will be, there will be 
much that is worthy to recount, but the real life of such 
a man must be known in personal relations to be appre- 

Mrs. Henry J. Wieneke 

Mrs. Henry Wieneke, long a well known and loved 
resident of Iowa City, passed away at her home on the 
morning of April 3, 1911, at 10 o'clock, following an 
illness extending back for several years. Born Septem- 
ber 30, 1839, Mrs. Wieneke, whose maiden name was 
Caroline Kembel, moved to Iowa with her parents in the 
year 1840 and on the third day of December, 1857, she 
was married to Henry Wieneke. Since then she has 
lived continuously in Iowa City. 

Mrs. Jean Scott 

Mrs. Jean Hamilton Scott was a woman of many ad- 
mirable qualities and of a very lovable character. She 
was born in Scotland, December 3, 1832, at Stony 
House. As one of a large family she lived with her 
grandmother in Glasgow where she received her educa- 
tion in the schools of that city. Her father. Judge 
Hamilton, was a prominent man of the times. 


Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 35 

May 30, 1849, she was married to Alexander Scott 
and to them were born Alec, Hugh, Will and John in 
Scotland. In 1856 they came to America accompanied 
by friends and relatives from Scotland. They came 
directly to Iowa City and made their home continuously 
for almost fifty years. Margaret, Jennie, Lizzie, Char- 
lie and Jessie were born in their home on the West Side. 

Mr. Scott died March, 1869, followed at intervals by 
his children, Jennie, Lizzie and Hugh. 

Mrs. Jean Scott brought to this country all the 
strong Christian traits, characteristic of the Scotch 
race. Her ancestors traced back to the Covenanters — 
one being burned at the stake in defense of the Protest- 
ants, at the time Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded. 
Although a staunch Scotch Presbyterian, firm in her be- 
lief, she joined the Methodist Episcopal Church at Iowa 
City, and was a faithful member, always ready to bear 
a willing helping hand. She was loved and respected by 
a wide circle of friends and neighbors. Everything that 
could be said of praise is in the thoughts, and on the lips 
of a great army of loving loyal friends. 

She died quietly at the home of her son Charles in 
Omaha, IsTebraska, June 5, 1912. 

Henry Walker 

Henry Walker, who came to Johnson County in 
1839, died at his home near River Junction, December 
21, 1911, aged 82 years, 9 months and 13 days. He was 
one of the very few surviving residents who came here 
before 1840, and he was connected with the very first 
settling of the county, for his elder brothers, Samuel, 
James and Joseph, came in 1837. Samuel Walker, Phil 


Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the 

Clark and Eli Myers came together, and were the three 
first white settlers of Johnson County. 

Henry Walker owned a thousand acres on the level 
prairie south of River Junction, and was one of the 
wealthiest men in the county. He lived on the same 
farm from the time of his arrival, and the picturesque 
old homestead was one of the most hospitable places in 
the county. 

Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. Mary Shellady. 
The late Mrs. Will Fairall was a daughter. Mrs. Walk- 
er died within a year. Seven grandchildren and four 
great grandchildren survive. 

Mr. Walker was a public spirited citizen. He gave 
the Eiver Junction park to the town a few years ago. 
He was a leader iid the Old Settlers' Association. 

John A. Stevenson 

There was something rugged and striking in John 
A. Stevenson. He was not a man of many words, but 
all his words were good. Nobody ever doubted his word. 
Along with his ruggedness, there was kindness. He was 
a good neighbor and had the esteem and respect of all 
who were associated with him. He belonged to no 
church, but he was a church man and his help for the 
church was always substantial. In politics he was a 
man of convictions. He believed in what he advocated. 
He was not ambitious, but when called upon to perform 
public duties, he never neglected them. They received 
the same honest, candid attention he gave to his own 

Me came to this county with the railways, when the 
State was new and he has seen the wonderful develop- 

Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 37 

ment of the country even from the earlier days. When 
he was born, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and other 
fathers of the Republic were living. When he became 
a voter Tyler was president and he has been a voter and 
probably voted at the elections which chose every presi- 
dent from General Harrison down to Taft. He saw the 
development of the steamboats, the steam railway, the 
telegraph and the telephone, in fact all the great inven- 
tions of the past century. No better ninety years could 
be chosen in which to live than those covered by Mr. 
Stevenson's life. 

Mr. Stevenson was a native of Pennsylvania. He 
was educated in the private and public schools of the 
time, most of the schools being supported by private 
subscriptions. He was descended from a long line of 
sturdy men, a number of them having been prominent 
in their communities. When a man has lived ninety 
years and lived them well, he has well fulfilled his mis- 
sion and met the divine purposes of his creation, and 
this truly can be said of Mr. Stevenson. 

Mr. Harvey Sutliff came with his parents to J ohn- 
son County in 1838 when a child of five years old and 
was reared on the old Sutliff farm, the site of the his- 
toric ferry, and now of the bridge built a few years ago. 
He was a successful farmer and took an active part in 
securing the bridge and was widely known over the 
State for his abundant information and pronounced 
views on economic and other public questions. 

David Carling was born in German Valley, New 
J ersey. He came to Iowa City in 1855, with his parents. 

38 Forty-iifth Annual Meeting of the 

where lie resided for a number of years. On January 
1st, 1868, Mr. Carling was united in marriage with Miss 
Kate Oathout. A few years later he with his family 
moved to Shelby, Iowa, where he has spent the rest of 
his life. In boyhood days he learned the carpenter 
trade with his father, which he has followed the most 
of his life. Soon after coming to Shelby Mr. Carling 
united with the Methodist Episcopal Church and he 
died trusting in the Savior. Many times during his last 
days of sufering he often repeated these words, '^In 
my Father's house are many mansions." He died Feb- 
ruary first, 1910. 

Catherine Oathout Carling was born in Fonda, 
Montgomery County, N. Y., May 28, 1839, died August 
6, 1910. She came to Iowa City in 1859. In early life 
she learned the millinery trade which she followed till 
her marriage to David Carling, Jan. 1st, 1868. In 1875 
she and her husband came to Shelby. She had lived a 
life of loving devotion to her family. 

Peter Weber, aged 96 years, one of the oldest pio- 
neers of Iowa City, died September 12th, 1911, at his 
home on Kirkwood Avenue. He came to Iowa City in 
1845, and since 1858 he had resided on Kirkwood Ave- 
nue. He was a member of the famous Hohmann Band, 
one of the best musical organizations of the early days. 

Since our last meeting death has claimed many pio- 
neers and active members of the Association; we give 
the names of some of the real old settlers, and give as 

Old Settlers Association of Johnson County 39 

far as known the date of the year they came to the 

Peter Weber, age 96, came to Iowa in 1845. 
John E. Jaynes came in 1839. 
Mrs. Henry Walker came in 1839. 
Gilbert R. Irish came in 1840. 
Milton Seydel came in 1838. 
Mrs. Henry Wieneke, age 73, came in 1840. 
Harvey Sutliff, age 78, came in 1838. 
Mrs. Emily Ricord, age 84, came in 1840. 
Mrs. Phebe Lucas, age 83, came in 1852. 
J ohn A. Stevenson, age 90, came in 1856. 
Mrs. Jean Scott, age 80, came in 1856. 
Peter A. Dey. 
David Dixon, age 85. 
F. X. Rittenmeyer, age 96, came in 1850. 
Mrs. Le Grande Byington came in 1849. 
Perry Tantlinger, age 99, came in 1848. 
Cynthia Palmer, age 94, came in 

New officers were elected : 


Geoege T. Boeland 


Will Felknee 


Beuce Mooee 

Necrological Committee 

Mes. G. R. Ieish 

The following Executive Committee was appointed 
by the President : 

Euclid Sandees 
Emoey Westcott 
w. p. hohenschtjh 
Lemuel Huntee 
R. B. Geaham